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'Deadliest Catch' Producer Opens Up About Deaths and Next Season

by Ryan McKee, posted Jul 28th 2010 11:45AM
By all accounts, the sixth season of the Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch,' which follows the dangerous adventures of a group of crab fishermen in Alaska, was its most dramatic -- and most-watched -- season yet, in large part due to the sudden death of breakout star Capt. Phil Harris. Thom Beers, the show's executive producer, channeled the late Harris when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the grave reality of the stars' chosen profession.

"Every year five or six guys die. That's the reality. This wasn't the only heavy year. Every year is heavy," he said.

The beloved Harris died earlier this year of a massive stroke. 'Deadliest Catch' filmed his final days, giving the series more mortality than it had achieved in previous seasons.

"We carry [Harris'] loss with us, but we still have to go back to work," Beers said. Harris would no doubt agree with the comment.Beers also discussed how next season will focus on the other characters, who all have heavy emotional loads themselves. During last night's season finale, viewers were left with many questions. What will happen to Edgar now that his body is wearing out? Where is Jake Anderson's missing father? What will be become of the Harris sons?

Clearly, next season will not become lighter just to balance the darkness of this year. Beers assured EW that the pain will keep coming. When asked about his most painful moment, he had to fight back emotion.

"That moment Phil said 'I'm sorry I wasn't a great dad.' That, to me, it just ripped my guts out," he finally said.

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